Beyond Buzzwords: Demystifying Diversity and Inclusion

Time: Thursday 21st March 09:00-09:45
Room: Main Ballroom
Track: Keynote

Join the Girls in Tech Australia team as they share practical strategies and insights to foster what genuine inclusivity looks like at the workplace.

Discover how we can move beyond surface-level discussions to create meaningful change and build truly inclusive workplaces where everyone has the opportunity to thrive and unpack the critical distinction between diversity and inclusion.

Moderated by Renece Brewster, Co-MD of Girls in Tech Australia, join panellists Karen Katz, Jess Ransley and Michelle Lie for a very special DrupalSouth Keynote.


Girls in Tech Australia Keynote Panellists Renece Brewster Karen Katz Jess Ransley Michelle Lie
Girls in Tech Australia
Renece Brewster, former CEO and co-founder of Australia's largest in-house video production company, Visual Domain, recently concluded her tenure following the company's successful acquisition by News Corp. She now serves as the Co-Managing Director of Girls in Tech, a global non-profit organisation dedicated to advancing women in technology that boasts a local community of 16,000 with ambitions to reach 25,000 by 2025. Renece is driven by the belief that there's no limit to what women can achieve. She loves helping people figure out how they can use their skills and talents to reach their goals.
Additional speakersKaren Katz is a seasoned Senior HR Manager and Recruiter with over 25 years of experience in software and services organisations. She is deeply committed to fostering dynamic work cultures and promoting diversity and inclusion. Karen serves on the board of Girls in Tech Australia, passionately advocating for women's careers in technology. Known for her warm demeanour and professionalism, Karen brings humour, positivity, and a wealth of expertise to her role. She is dedicated to creating inclusive and thriving workplaces where all employees can excel.

Jess Ransley is a Senior Sales & Marketing Executive with 9+ years of experience. She excels in strategy, leadership, revenue growth, and stakeholder engagement. Jess's leadership qualities extend beyond her professional endeavors, as she actively contributes to initiatives aimed at empowering women in technology through her board position at Girls in Tech Australia and beyond. Her advocacy for gender equality and her commitment to mentorship reflect her belief in the power of community and collaboration.

Michelle Lie is a Senior Manager at PwC’s Cloud & Digital Consulting practice with 6+ years of experience in technology advisory and transformation, specialising in Insurance and Banking. She assisted a range of ASX50 clients solve technology platform and architectural problems, realise value through business cases and embrace innovation through experience design. She leads the external partnerships program to drive diversity at PwC and extends her passion for empowering females within professional settings through leading the Girls in Tech Australia volunteering community within NSW.